Maybe you can relate.
I want to do it all. And, I want to do it all well. The problem is… when I try to do it all, I end up doing nothing at all well. I far too often let my type-A, perfectionist personality steal joy, overshadow progress, and limit fruitfulness.
Maybe you can relate.
Three Christmases ago, back in 2013, I remember spending hours on Pinterest, “pinning" the countless ways I planned to be an intentional mom during the Christmas season. I was debating whether I was going to do a chocolate Advent calendar or wrap up twenty-five Christmas books for the days leading to Christmas. I believed I'd be the creative mom making the cute felt tree for my toddler to decorate--or maybe even be gutsy enough to let him or her decorate our real tree. I dreamed up fancy holiday brunches and elaborate Christmas traditions to start as a family. And then Liam came.
And the exhaustion.
Let’s face it. I’m sure we can all agree there are certain tell-tale signs that show up when life falls out of balance. I can relate to many of these scenarios:
But instead of focusing on the negative, the remaining weeks of September we’re going to be discussing how to achieve the balanced life. After all, soon Fall will be in full swing making this a perfect time for a fresh start and new outlook. Coming up, I’ll be looking at balancing time and schedules as well as balancing lifestyles with diet and exercise. (UPDATE: Please read my post on October 10 of why the releasing of the next two posts have been delayed.)
But first, let’s look at three practical ways to make faith the foundation of a balanced life. The goal is to start looking up (to God) before setting out (on your day). And from personal experience, if you focus most of your effort here, I promise the rest will fall much easier into place.
God really has been “hard” at work in my life this past year. For those of you who do not know the same God as me, I understand, this concept probably sounds a bit foreign to you (and likely a little crazy). But how do I explain it… My life has been changed. Transformed. And believe me, it’s for the better. Still a little confused? Let me illustrate what I mean (the “why”) before I delve into the new and exciting happenings (the “what”) at Beyond the Dinner Table.
Over the past months, I have shared many reasons why I wanted to start this blog on life, nutrition & health, family, and faith. It’s not only a place where I can catalog my recipes, experiences, and musings, but where I hope to encourage others to come alongside me and live out their good intentions. But before you can work at being more intentional as a wife, mother, daughter, or member of society, it’s important to do some introspective thinking and figure out what personally matters most.
Maybe you have pondered similar things…
What individual purpose am I designed for in this life? Am I living up to all that God is calling me to be? I’m already a twenty-something (or insert your current age) — have I even made a positive impact on anyone’s life?
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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